BATON ROUGE - The LSU women's cross country team defended their home course for a second year in a row as seven runners earned top-10 finishes to lead the team to a first-place finish with 17 points in Saturday's LSU Invitational at Highland Road Park.
The women were led by senior Laura Carleton, who won the individual title by posting a time of 20 minutes, 34.7 seconds. This is the second consecutive week in which Carleton earned a top-10 finish in a 6k meet as she also finished in fifth place at the Commodore Classic a week ago.
Junior Natoya Goule finished behind Carleton in second place, clocking in at 21:00.8. Third place was also captured by Lady Tiger senior Dakota Goodman with a time of 21:02.2.
Senior Brea Goodman ran a time of 21:20.8 to finish fifth, Charlene Lipsey finished in 21:23.5 to come in sixth, Leigh-Ann Naccari finished ninth with a time of 21:50.1 and Andria Aguilar rounded out the Top 10 with a time of 22:02.9.
The Lady Tigers dominated the competition as Lamar finished well back in second place with 56 points for the meet.ishe
"I was very pleased with the women and the effort from last week to this week," said LSU Head Coach Mark Elliott. "Again, Laura Carleton ran extremely well. I think for running her first time for LSU, Natoya Goule ran pretty well. Charlene Lipsey is a constant performer. Brea and Dakota ran extremely well too."
The LSU men finished in second place with 72 points in the team standings behind the 15 points scored by Lamar University.
The Tigers placed two runners in the Top 10 led by senior Roger Cooke with a time of 27:18.3 over 8k. Sophomore Phillip Primeaux rounded out the Top 10 of the individual standings coming across the line with a time of 27:53.1.
"We did alright," said Cooke. "We had some quality competition in there with Lamar and Southeastern put together a pretty good team this year. Overall, we ran decent, but it is definitely a work in progress."
"The guys group can be good," said Elliott. "I think it is going to take a little bit of time. It is going to take all 11 guys running well on the same day to have a good result."
The LSU cross country teams will be back in action Saturday, Sept. 29, as they travel to Lake Charles, La., to compete in the McNeese Cowboy Stampede meet, which will take place at Enos Darbonne Recreation Complex. The women will compete at 8:45 a.m. CDT followed by the men at 9:15 a.m.
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Men's 8k Team Results
1. Lamar 15
2. LSU 72
3. SE Louisiana 79
4. Loyola - New Orleans 121
5. Mississippi College 124
6. Nicholls State 169
7. Jackson State 193
8. Southern 198
Women's 6k Team Results
1. LSU 17
2. Lamar 56
3. Nicholls State 94
4. SE Louisiana 110
5. Mississippi College 124
6. Jackson State 169
7. Loyola - New Orleans 171
8. Southern 213
Men (Winner and LSU only)
1. Sam Stabler (Lamar) 25:51.7; 7. Roger Cooke 27:18.3; 10. Phillip Primeaux 27:53.1; 18. William Wiesler 29:04.4; 19. Travis Pope 29:12.3; 24. Daniel Nally 29:37.5; 27. Jake Wilkinson 30:05.0; 29. Barrett Miller 30:21.7; 31. Aaron Koenck 30:28.2
Women (Winner and LSU only)
1. Laura Carleton 20:34.7; 2. Natoya Goule 21:00.8; 3. Dakota Goodman 21:02.2; 5. Brea Goodman 21:20.8; 6. Charlene Lipsey 21:23.5; 9. Leigh-Ann Naccari 21:50.1; 10. Andria Aguilar 22:02.9; 12. Laura Aleman 22:17.7; 24. Morgan Schuetz 24:01.4; 38. Michelle Mobley 25:30.5.